Where did I put my surprised face?
David Corn at MotherJones posted what is now, all of six hours later, the single most viral electoral video of the 2012 campaign and perhaps for all eternity: Mitt Romney, behind closed doors with a sack full of rabid greedheads, pulled off the mask and let slip the truth we already knew – he has nothing but contempt for most Americans and there is no lie so big, so ugly, so cravenly and determinedly obtuse and contemptible, that he will not swear to it on The Book of Mormon in order to advance his version of domestic disaster capitalism.
Here are a couple of the high points:
“My job is not to worry about those people,” Mitt Romney said of the 47 percent of Americans who are likely to vote for Barack Obama. “I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
…they are people “who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.”
You could almost feel sorry for Mitt Romney. To have had so much handed to him: riches, position, a diamond-encrusted education…and yet to be SO fucking clueless; so utterly bereft of anything remotely like insight, understanding, compassion, thoughtfulness, reason, fairness, justice; to have to rely on tortured, fabricated, willfully blind, cognitively dissonant explanations why thinking people dislike him and hold his ideas in contempt. Almost, but not quite.
The truly beautiful part is that he must know, deep down inside, that the reason he’s about to be stomped into electoral dust by a much better man is because he wasn’t up to hiding his true character; that at the end of the day, he’s Mitt Romney.
And, Mitt being who he is, is congenitally incapable of shutting the fuck up. Most people – even the welfare queens and illegal avocado harvesters that keep this son of a Mexican in guacamole – know well enough to stop digging when you find yourself deep down a dark hole, and whatever is making those frightening rustling sounds in the dark are coming closer. Not Mitt.
This stunted, vicious simulacrum of a human being is intellectually incapable of truly understanding why everyone doesn’t see the world the same way he does. He’s convinced that if he just lets out an exasperated sigh, smirks and condescends to explain to the unwashed masses, they’ll stop taking the PLAIN MEANING of his obviously frank comments and see the wisdom of his position. This is only one of the many reasons Mitt Romney is an unredeemed asshole.
In the wake of having been revealed as the twisted, hateful, fundamentally bigoted, vicious, ignorant prick he really is, Mitt called a press conference.
Romney took only three questions at the presser, and dismissed the remarks as “off the cuff” and “not elegantly stated.” He also claimed the video spreading across the internet didn’t quote him in full context.
“I’m sure I can state it more clearly in a more effective way than I did in a setting like that and so I’m sure I’ll point that out as time goes on but we don’t even have the question given the snippet there, nor the full response, and I hope the person who has the video would put out the full material,” Romney said at the press conference held in Orange County, Calif.
Off the cuff? Mitt Romney doesn’t roll over and say good morning to his wife without checking through four drafts. Which is not to say he lacks spontaneity, but that part of his brain is devoted to insulting the London Olympics and lying about the death of an American ambassador in Libya.
Inelegantly stated? Please…someone show one time – just one fucking time – Mitt Romney said ANYTHING elegantly.
Context? Jesus in Missouri, Mitt…the video from which these revealing clips were culled is 70 minutes long. Of course, you’re rather obviously impatient. But if context is the problem; if it’s that these clips lack the full background that would make them sound less soulless and rotten to the core, why have you been keeping them behind closed doors? Why do you admit, in those same asshole-drenched remarks, that the very things you’re saying must never be said to the people?
This sort of sloppy attempt to mop up his own shit only reveals, equally “elegantly”, just how fucking twisted this piece of Utah trash really is: “I can’t say this in public, but now that they know what I really think, if I could just say these things in public it wouldn’t be a bad thing to say in public.” Brilliant. I totally understand.
More from the press conference (via TPM):
Romney stuck by the underlying message he made at the fundraiser, a much more harsh riff on his standard campaign line that Obama wants to create a society where Americans are dependent on government while he wants to create a society based on “free enterprise.”
“My campaign is about helping people take more responsibility and becoming employed again, particularly those who don’t have work. This whole campaign is based on getting people jobs again, putting people back to work,” Romney said. “This is ultimately a question about direction for the country. Do you believe in a government-centered society that provides more and more benefits or do you believe instead in a free enterprise society where people are able to pursue their dreams?”
The patently false dichotomy presented in this bit of nonsensical blather ought to have Republicans lining up to repeatedly punch him in the throat while stitching his stupid mouth shut.
The argument that it must be one or the other; that any sort of government assistance is diametrically opposed to freedom or following one’s dreams is such a patently obvious appeal to stupid people that it insults anyone who hears it. If you’re going to lie (and it is becoming clear that he has no other means of communication), at least don’t make feel like I have to be brain damaged to believe you.
“Helping people take more responsibility…”
Yeah, you’re responsible for your own health care. If you can’t afford it, fuck you. You’re responsible for your own education. If you can’t afford it, fuck you. You’re responsible for eating. If you can’t afford food, fuck you.
“…getting people employed again, particularly those who don’t have work.”
But also those who do. Because in Mitt Romney’s America, if one job isn’t enough for food, housing, education and health care, Mitt Romney wants you to be able work another job.
We knew who you really were all along, Mitt. You can whine about how the media unfairly portrays you; your great love for America; the bona fides of your plan for unleashed, unregulated, unimpeded free market pillaging; your contempt for anyone making less that $250k…and you can keep scratching your head and wondering why everyone except bigots, bible thumpers and casino moguls looking for a $2 billion tax cut hate your lying guts.
It’s because we KNOW who you are, and you’ve done us the courtesy of confirming every ugly bit of it. Excuse me…my schadenfreude is getting cold, and it’s SO much more delicious hot.